Deepwater Horizon – Film Review

Deepwater Horizon – Film Review

Besides the obvious wall to wall news coverage here in England, there was little I knew about the extent of the desperation that occurred on deepwater horizon on the 20th of April 2010. The way this tragedy was depicted in this two hour epic was not only thorough and just, but tasteful. Out of respect for those who lost their lives in one of the worst man made disasters in modern history. No punches were pulled in blame, no ambiguity, and although slightly over ‘hollywoodised’ at times the struggle of the crew was illustrated in an incredibly visceral way. 

Plot

The first 30 minuets give you time to get you invested in the characters, through the focal character  Mike Williams, the chief electrical engineer (Mark Wahlberg). I say focal character because we start off within his family environment and then follow him deepwater-horizon-20165987personally onto the rig. Once upon the rig we follow him around Deepwater as he greets all his fellow crew, giving us time to understand who and what everyones roles are in each section of the rig. instantly Mike and his operational supervisor, ‘Mr Jimmy’ (Kurt Russell) are faced with numerous problems, mainly consisting of consistent lack of testing and maintenance. Here is when we are introduced to the visiting BP Executives, fronted by an incredibly intense and particularly scathing performance by John Malkovich. Where despite obvious lack of clarity regarding the drilling equipments safety, brow beats the operators into submission in order to continue drilling and meet company targets. Evidently the mistakes that were made in this scene were almost a prerequisite to the event and then on the rest of the movie.

Thoughts

As i’ve already touched upon, the events depicted are done so in a very clear and structured way, with great pacing. This made is very easy to follow, and allows you to absorb as much detail as possible, not getting bogged down in too many technical terms that inevitably comes with a movie of this ilk. 

Peter Berg’s direction made the scenes very inclusive, I mean that in so far as you really feel like a part of the banter and dialogue on the rig. That was a stand out part of the 25DEEPWATER1-master768movie for me, often very difficult to do, but the natural feel of the opening 45 minuets got you hooked and invested. Moving on from that when it got down to the nitty-gritty, the cut scenes to the depictions of the pipelines and drill below the rig were great. showing you the flow, the pressure build ups and the blockages. If that was not cut between the scenes, concepts would have been very difficult for me as a non engineer to follow. In addition to that the attention to detail was great, the nature of the movie meant that the facts had to be right, both in terms of engineering and historic out of respect for the families. As the movie developed and things inevitably started to blow up, the score alongside was tremendous and you got a sense of the severity. Palpable and intense, as pressure built up the music just rose with it adding to the experience making it well, nerve-racking to say the least. 

Stand out performances

Mark Wahlberg (Mike Williams):

Admittedly, I can safely I have never really enjoyed Marks performances in any movie. Not only are the movies he usually goes for are somewhat cheesy, his performances are deepwater-horizon-825never stand out and are often incredibly forgettable. However in this film, the onscreen relationships with not only his family but his colleagues are real. You really get a sense of the connection he has with each and every member of the crew, and the relationship he has with them. Not only that but there are certain sequences (no spoilers) he is in that gave me goosebumps in terms of desperation, vulnerability and relief. Gave me flashbacks to Tom Hanks in Captain phillips, brilliant and touching. 

John Malkovich (Vidrine, BP Exec):

Wow, just wow. The few scenes he gets, he steels them and he is very much the focus of CpiMj8vUsAAlip1attention within that room. Which is evidently what he is trying to create being the BP Executive, however it’s the intensity he brings to his speech. The pauses, the accented parts and the way he literally makes the audience hate him. 

Final Thoughts

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this and I truly think, after reading some factual context that this was a good depiction of the events that happened. The characters were great, evidently i’ve not had time to delve into all of them but they were. The only flaw I have to say I have is that the actual heart of the movie come to soon, in terms of the explosions itself. I felt there could have been a bit more build up of the dialogue and debating before it occurred. That seems an odd thing to pick out and it is, but I really just wanted even more time with the characters than what we got. I can guarantee that will be almost nobody else’s flaw but, there you go. However if you want to see Mark at his best, a great action movie, with good characters, storyline and dialogue then give it a watch! 8/10

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Baby Driver – Movie Review

Baby Driver – Movie Review

I can safely say that if you are going to the cinema to see this movie do so with little or no prior knowledge. I was starkly surprised by concepts that were in this movie and it only adds to the overall experience if you have little in-depth knowledge of them. This movie is truly groundbreaking in my opinion, not only through the themes represented, but how it goes about exploring different ways to express such themes. With that prerequisite kept in mind if you are here to checking out what I thought of the movie after you have seen it, then please read ahead!

Thoughts

We follow ‘Baby’ (Ansel Elgort), believe it or not a rather young chap who is a getaway driver for bank robbery jobs. It quickly becomes clear that he is not doing it out of choice, rather he is paying off a debt to the leader of the squad (Kevin Spacey). with debts nearly paid and only a couple more drives left the end of the rainbow seems close, but is it ever that simple in this line of work?

Baby’s character is quite simply brilliantly developed, quiet, cool and collected throughout. It is unravelled and explored more and more throughout the movie and never is it forced down your throat at any point. Never is there a point in the movie where an unnecessary part of his backstory is given, everything has meaning and reasonansel-elgort-in-baby-driver.jpg for the development of the plot and to feel more invested in the character. For me the quirkiest part of his character and from that actually the main concept of the movie, is that due to an earlier car accident he now suffers from tinnitus. The way he deals with this is by drowning out the sound with music from his I pod, this is then the soundtrack for the whole movie. And I have to say, what a soundtrack it is, directed and written by Edgar wright in some what of an unusual fashion. In that he already picked the soundtrack before the movie was shot, therefore each and every scene was shot to fit the music to perfection. When I say perfection, I mean it, in terms of pacing, mood and brilliant stop – start editing.

The getaway chases themselves are simply impeccable, and are the flagship of the movie with arguably the best chases I’ve ever witnessed. The angles that they managed to pull 02BADYDIVERACTION1-articleLargeoff are brilliant, coupled with the timing of the music make for such a great vibe. I know one may think that this movie is simply a gangster movie about a getaway driver, that it is, but so much more. The story line itself has some fabulous twists and turns (pardon the pun). The characters that are built through the various teams that Baby finds himself in are unique, intense and often quite unleashed (as you would expect, but more on that later).

Amongst the frantic pacing of the movie comes about a romantic subplot between Baby thumb_5e95796e-1b1b-4314-8846-f30797197695.jpgand Debora, a waitress at Baby’s local diner. I have to say, it started off a little over acted, cheesy and forced in my opinion. But, the onscreen relationship that was developed turned out to be one of the more heartwarming parts of the movie. It was not there for the sake of it, rather invested fully in the determination of the plot, giving us an outlet to understand Baby’s character further.

This movie is full-on, but it still gives you time to breath before the final flourish at the end. The twists that come about are bordering on Game of Thrones level surprises and they are simply brilliant. There are so many characters so delve into but, i’ll just mention a few because there are simply too many notables to mention them all.

Notable performances

Ansel Elgort – Baby

I’ve already spoken about him previously numerous times, but I honestly believe this movie will propel Ansel into the stratosphere. Like Miles Teller in Whiplash I think that this performance is Oscar worthy and only cements his versatility as an actor, hopefully giving him much more opportunities.

Jon Hamm – Buddy

I can not say I have seen this guy in much, but I was impressed. I was deeply invested in baby-driver-0his character as he seemed the most sensitive and genuine out of all the people that Baby worked with. The way Jon develops this character and morphs it into something else (not mentioning plot lines) is brilliantly executed. His delivery is brilliant, and I recon that upon watching the movie again you would pick up on his nuances in his expressions and delivery.

Dud Performances

Jon Bernthal – Griff

I am really not a fan of Mr Bernthal, in just about all his roles he simply plays the same character. I really doubt his flexibility and ability to shape up into different Baby-Driver-Jon-Bernthal-Costumeperformances. Particularly in this one, he played the run of the mill bad guy with seriously little to him. I’m not saying he was shocking or didn’t bring believability to the role, but it stuck out like a sore thumb in amongst some great solo and indeed collective performances.

Final Thoughts

Edgar wright has really turned the tables here, bringing a refreshing concept to a movie which could very well have gotten lost in the crowd of the cops and robbers movie genre. With one of my personal favourite soundtracks ever, a brilliant, multi-layered plot (which is often hard to do in this genre without seeming forced) and an all-round great cast this truly is one of the best movies of the year so far for me. 8/10

Ansel Elgort;Jon Hamm;Jamie Foxx;Eiza Gonzalez

The Wrestler – Film Review

The Wrestler – Film Review

Ever since being introduced to wrestling through the WWE by my two older brothers at a very young age, I have been a huge fan of wrestling. Admittedly, in recent years my obsession with the ‘sport’ has dwindled due to the realisation of its legitimacy as to be even named a ‘sport’. However my admiration for those that participate in the sport has never gone away, rather it has only grown stronger. Being a professional wrestler is not only a job, but is an obsession, a way of life and that is expressed beautifully in this movie, The Wrestler. 

Plot and Opinions

Could the casting of Mickey Rourke in leading role Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson be any better? An actor of whom his own glory days seem a lifetime away depicts a washed up wrestler way past his own sell by date, and one who doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere anytime soon. Working what can only be described as local gigs, Randy is still the-wrestler-movie-picture-10pushing himself to the limits, performing to small crowds against amateur ‘opponents’. After a major turn in Randy’s health he is forced to contemplate life, most noticeably through his relationship with his distant daughter. From there Randy’s realisation of not being able to compete is truly heartbreaking and seeing him battle his demons is truly moving.

The wrestler is interesting in how it doesn’t follow the generic sports drama story line of being the best and beating everyone. It’s far deeper than that, it explores Randy’s struggle, obsession, and sense of loneliness just to stay in the game. Anything outside the world of wrestling is difficult for Randy, he evidently feels safe, secure and fits in that 459208-the-wrestlerenvironment. From that it is great how the Director has managed to depict the lengths Randy will go to stay in that environment, spending  thousands of dollars on various performance enhancing drugs, the complete lack of friends or family, all sacrifices purely to compete. It’s almost as if Wrestling is his coping mechanism, his bubble in which he can truly switch off and not have to worry. Everyone has their bubble, may that be gaming, music, chatting with their friends etc, however wrestling hasn’t just becoming a coping mechanism for randy rather his entire life.

Now we all know the job of a wrestler is to perform but it’s brilliant how the directors has depicted the juxtaposition between reality and performance. Represented beautifully in not only Randy himself but through Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) a ‘friend’ of hqdefaultRandy’s, being stripper at a local strip joint. Upon asking her out on a date, she changes unrecognisably so, not only through her obvious change in appearance but through her innocent, streetwise, gentile speech, a performance I can only but truly commend Marisa for.

Notable Performance

Mickey Rourke (The Ram) – From a very small leading cast it is difficult to pick the most notable performance, even though this may be an obvious choice it is truly deserved. You2008_the_wrestler_009 can only truly commend the level as to which Mickey has immersed himself in this role. He dives head first (literally in some cases) into every scene, he never goes over the top, never over exaggerates, rather he gives a very real performance, that only adds to the sincerity of the whole film.

Final Thoughts

It is often difficult not to think of cliches and fictitiousness with regards to wrestling. This film goes way beyond the surface of the glittering, over dramatised main event fights and comical dialogue. The Wrestler peels back the layers, exploring the ugly side, the real life of amateur wrestling and how ones fall from stardom can truly effect someone whom is truly obsessed with their profession. The Film is paced extremely well and every scene and sub plot adds meaning to the overall feel of the plot. Even if you are ambiguous or have a sincere dislike for Wrestling, it is still a great watch and relatable to those who simply can not let something go. 9/10

In Time – Film Review

In Time – Film Review

A truly refreshing concept in which the new currency is time and only time. Andrew Niccol of whom is no stranger to Sci-fi movies, directs, produces and writes, creating a truly unique and immersive world. Set in a 2169 dystopian world, upon your 25th birthday your clock starts to count down from 1 year and if time is up, you are finished. In order to add time too your clock and live longer, time becomes the new currency. A truly brilliant concept upon which explores the shift in social hierarchy, desperation and unbarring corruption.

Throughout the movie we follow Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a lower class guy going by day to day with around 24 hours left on his clock. After being gifted obscene amountsin-time1 of ‘time’, Will then travels to the opulent upper zone and starts flaunting his ‘time’. He ends up in a casino gambling against one of the richest men in the world, whom is the owner of the biggest loan company, Philippe Weis and wins. in a bid to win back his money Mr Weis’s invites Will to a party which is where he meets Mr Weis’s daughter, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried). During the time of Wills movements, his obscene jump in wealth does not go unnoticed by the time police or ‘timekeepers’. So upon Wills arrival at said party his attempted arrest takes a surprising turn as Will takes Sylvia (Mr Weis’s daughter) hostage and escapes. The plot then takes on from there upon what I can only describe as a very entertaining, bastardised Bonnie and Clyde meets Robin Hood.

Thoughts

A movie with a bold and unique a concept as this is often very difficult and near enough impossible to pull off flawlessly. This movie is good but not flawless by any stretch of the imagination, and so I will try and depict a few of the major niggles that bugged me.

First of all I feel the general plot starts off with some promise, however it quickly degenerates into a formulaic one. The ‘good guy’ persona of the main character, Will, is not particularly explored at all as to the reason why he wants to become this robin hoodIn-Time-movie-image-Justin-Timberlake-and-Amanda-Seyfried-1.jpg like figure. This is annoying as it very quickly starts to upsets the plot and make it slightly less fathomable. We don’t really know specifically, what he wants to achieve apart from to level the social playing field out as it were. Without the sense of a real plan, and no cues given to the audience the movie just stumbles along a little bit for me and everything becomes chance. On that point there is no real backstory to the world itself, is it an alternate universe, is it simply our world in the future, why did the currency change to time. All these questions, if answered by Andrew, I feel would have brought more believability to the plot and understanding of why peoples actions were so.

I did really like the depiction of the world, Andrew did a great job of illustrating the importance of time very well. I would perhaps like to have seen even more depictions of every day life though, I think that would have added a lot more realism and a sense of being to the world. For example, what and where they ate, television channels, Sports, etc.

Notable performances

Justin Timberlake (Will Salas) in_time_casino

Arguably his best performance to date, Justin takes on a serious role and excels in my opinion. Depicting and succeeding to encapsulate a sense of real desperation, bringing compassion to the viewers. Making viewers feel compassion on any level is very difficult to do, and I think Justin gives it a darn good go. A surprise choice of casting in my opinion but one that definitely pays off if you watch him with an open mind.

Dud Performances

Cillian murphy (Raymond Leon) 

This character was far too underdeveloped, as only right at the end did we get any sense of why he chose the line of work he did. I realise that the role was not necessarily written raymond-leonto be an evil one, because a timekeepers job and is an honest one; that is what he depicted. However, I would like to have seen more substance to his performance, by bringing a real sense of identity to the character, this was not done at all. I loved Cillian in Batman Begins and also in peaky blinders, very distinct characters, but he was way off the boil in this one for me. Perhaps i’m critiquing too harshly after almost being spoilt by his other roles.

Final thoughts

This truly is a brilliant concept and one that translated onto the screen very well. The divide between rich and poor is illustrated incredibly well via the very stark depiction of the ‘zones’. whilst the rich get richer in their own idyllic zone ‘Greenwich’, the poor get in-time_1_before.jpgpoorer. The desperation, the struggle and the angst is very real in the lower zone, people dying on the streets, wages being cut and prices going up. juxtaposing that, the overbearing greed and opulence of Greenwich is sickening to see. Perhaps this overall depiction is a deliberate ploy by the director, illustrating what our very own social structure will become in reality bearing in mind the current levels of wealth distribution. 7/10

The Hunt – Movie Review

The Hunt – Movie Review

Arguably one of the most poignant movies I have seen in recent years. The Hunt is as thought provoking as it is provocative, in both the physical and mental consequences of being falsely accused of a crime. It leaves you pondering over your own deep rooted opinions about how we as a society treat those accused, before and after trial. The Hunt also paints a very vivid and loud picture of the stigmatism those who are falsely accused have to live with, not only in the short term but for the rest of their life. 

Thoughts

For sake of your own enjoyment, I do not wish to go into too much detail about the events that take place, or the specific characters that are in this movie, however. Set in a small, idyllic Danish town the director (Thomas Vinterberg) tries and succeeds to create a very tightly knit community, with an ‘everybody knows everyone’ vibe (words to that effect later). We follow Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), an unassuming guy who is going through a toughThe_Hunt_Jagten_5 patch in his life due to circumstances surrounding the custody of his Son, Marcus. Lucas works in the towns nursery and is a lovable, warm character from the off largely due to his adorable relationship he has formed with the children. Mads creates an aura around Lucas that is very approachable, innocent and incredibly avuncular (which in our day in age unfortunately instantly sparks questions with a lot of people). The plot progresses into that of Lucas being informed by his supervisor that he has been accused by an unnamed child (that he is particularly close with in the nursery) of showing them his genitalia. When word spreads throughout the tightly knit community the plot degenerates into a witch-hunt and even Lucas’s closest friends denounce him, one being his best friend Theo (Father of the accusing child). The movie does a great job at depicting a small community in turmoil and several incidences creates this environment, from the refusal to sell Lucas his groceries, to the killing of his dog. As the movie progresses the director does a great job of infuriating the audience through the overwhelming level of protection of the child. As friendships that once seemed unbreakable at the start of the movie are left in tatters and blinded by the false accusation.

Bigger Picture

You cannot help but take this movie and put it onto a bigger canvas of Scandinavian culture in general in my opinion. The idyllic and apparent pinnacle of modern society norms somewhat fails dramatically in their over liberal mentality. I think it does in fact say somethUnknown-1ing about how children are brought up in Scandinavia, how they are clearly overbearingly spoilt and evidently have too much power over adults.

I am picking on Scandinavia here, however I also believe it applies to most countries in the west and their guilty until proven innocent ideology over such crimes. Still even after proven innocent as this movie clearly depicts you are never truly released from the chains as it were. I think it says a lot about how those accused are treated, names are released instantly to the press and their reputation is left in tatters for the rest of their lives.

Performances to watch out for 

Mads Mikkelsen – Lucas

Arguable one of the best and most underrated actors around. Not only can he play a despicable villain in the likes of James Bond and Hannibal, but he can evidently morph into a kind, compassionate and lovable character such as Lucas. As I mentioned before Mads creates an Aura around Lucas which is that of innocence,  only adding deeply to the truly saddening ordeal that Lucas has to go through.

Thomas Bo Larsen – Theo

It is the first time I have seen a performance by Thomas and I have to say it is a whole hearted one. You could see he was torn, between trusting his the hunt jagten thomas bo larsengut instinct or following his wife’s overbearing belief in their daughters story. He translated the pain and trauma that he was going through very well.

Final Thoughts

This movie is a beautiful illustration of some major flaws in modern day societies norms. The first being the way in which society as a whole treats those accused of a crime (they may not have committed) and the impacts that it has on an individuals life in the short and long term. another being the incessant, overbearing shift towards making children evermore the complete centre of attention, during every second of the day. A very organically flowing plot, with well explored characters, you care about each and ever one in their own ways. Coupled with some incredible, stand out performance, this makes for a must needed watch. A true eye opener! 9/10

The Wolf of Wall Street – Film Review

The Wolf of Wall Street – Film Review

Absurd, vile, crude are just some of the words that pop to mind when describing this obscene two hour and forty five minuet epic. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the unfathomable events that took place on Wall Street in the mid 90’s through the eyes of Jordan Belford, a Wall Street stock broker. We are taken on a journey through Jordan’s career and life, the ups, the downs, the drugs, the sex, the money, the partying and the fraudulent schemes he and his colleagues conduct on the stock exchange.

Thoughts

Jordan Belford (The Wolf of Wall Street) Played by Leonardo DiCaprio is the focal character for this movie and good god what a misogynistic, nouveau riche bastard he is. Truly detestable. The movie follows events after the crash of 87 and the creation of his company, selling penny stocks to ‘shmucks’ whilst gaining obscene rates of commission. Before then moving to bigger premises and dabbling in stock manipulation, money laundering and pretty much every other financial crime that you can fathom.

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This movie tries to tackle the very serious issue of financial crime and all the rest that inevitably comes with it, whilst doing so it remains truly hilarious and thoroughly up-lifting. Martin Scorsese does a great job of making light of scenes and themes that are often difficult to watch, through the comedic scripting coupled with bizarre alterations in the music. Represented perfectly during the transition in scenes between Jordan’s yacht capsizing and then being rescued. The pace of the movie could have been in jeopardy, if it were not for the injection of a high paced song made the transition more palatable. I think this stroke of genius epitomises what Martin is trying to make people feel watching this movie, he wants people smiling throughout, and come out smiling…

Notable performances:

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jordan Belford)

I am sorry, but this performance just raises more The Wolf of Wall Streetquestions about the legitimacy of the Oscars. He was outstanding in this, the speeches, the selling and the fact he did not win anything out of this but did from the revenant is beyond me. The believability that he brought into this performance was great and he really got into the role right from the off.

Margot Robbie (Naomi Lapaglia)

Arguably her best performance to date and the one Margot-Robbie-The-Wolf-of-Wall-Streetthat broke her into Hollywood stardom. Her accent was bang on the money, her ‘rich girl’ demeanour evolves throughout the movie naturally and she creates a really likeable yet loathable character in my opinion, which is hard to do.

Matthew McConaughey (Mark Hanna)

Although this was more of a cameo, he wasBIG-MM-1200x520 arguably Jordan’s biggest influence in the movie with regards to the way stock brokers conduct themselves and what they do. Utterly hilarious, such a natural performance and I would actually like to have seen more of him throughout the movie, as Matthew created such a good aura and demeanour to this character.

Dud performances:

Kyle Chandler (Agent Patrick Denham)

There were no absolute duds, however slightly Kyle Chandleroff I must say was that of Kyle’s performance. I realise he was trying playing the ‘straight detective’, however he did not add much to his character with regards to personality and depth. Given the fact that he became one of Jordan’s good friends after to being released from prison (in reality). Leading to a somewhat forgettable performance in my eyes.

Final thoughts 

I don’t think that The Wolf Of Wall Street overcomplicates itself with regards to the satire of wealth and what comes with it, unlike movies of the same ilk such as American Psycho. The Wolf of Wall Street is just obscene in every way and I think that is why it appeals to a lot more people. In so far as there are no ‘hiddTHE WOLF OF WALL STREETen messages’ behind the scenes, like there are in American Psychos business card scene for use of a better example. Each and every scene is very memorable and gripping with regards to the unfolding of the story line. Coupled with some outstandingly funny individual performances this is up there with my favourite movies of all time due largely to its pure rewatchability.  9/10

Top 5 James Bond Villains

Top 5 James Bond Villains

I am going to start by adding a caveat to the title in that the four out of my five are pairings, being villains and their henchman. In addition this is my own top 5, if you think others should have made the list I would love to hear them so drop a comment below! 

5) Le Chiffre

A personal favourite from the Daniel Craig era is Le Chiffre. He encapsulates everything a bond villain should; the scars, the accent and that stare! Some of the most iconic scenes from that movie are only enhanced by Le Chiffre. Starting with the all-in poker scene; the suspense and his arrogance upon the showdown is just incredimads_mikkelsen_casinoble… ‘oops, you must have thought I was bluffing Mr Bond’ with a rise smile. But who can forget the famous rope scene? Torture scenes in Bond movies are often rather inventive, we have seen sharks, snakes, medieval devices an
d even lasers… But only Le Chiffre can make a rope and a seatless chair to be just as menacing as the rest… ‘i’ve got an itch’.

4) Auric Goldfinger and Odd Job

A Fan favourite through and through, this pairing is a classic and arguably the most Auric-Goldfinger-Goldfinger-1964iconic in the franchise. I think what has propelled Auric Goldfinger to such a fan
favourite is the legendary Laser scene, a classic which embodies just how evil he was… ‘No Mr Bond I expect you to die!’. coupled with the absolute unit of a henchman that is Odd Job, wielding a bowler hat that can be thrown to kill people, Sure why not after all it is James Bond.

3) Alec Trevelyan and Xenia Onatopp

Alec Trevelyan is an interesting Bond villain as he starts out as an agent for MI6, so Alec_Trevelyan_(Sean_Bean)_-_Profilethroughout the movie you still feel compelled to sympathise with him. Saying that it never detracted from just how evil he become, after all he did want to literally blow up the earth. His sidekick was the somewhat attractive Xenia, using her seduction skills to bizarrely enough kill people during sexual activity… yes I know. She was a true psychopath and a perfect companion due to her complete submission and loyalty to Alex.

2) Francisco Scaramanga and Nick Nack

To some extent I would say Scaramanga is a coward for large parts if not all of this movie, constantly trying to evade and lure Bond. However, this only makes him more dangerous and unpredictable, demonstrated perfectly in the final showdown on the island. One of my favourite Cbond-scaramanga27hristopher Lee performances, his delivery is sublime and menacing… He also has a flying car! A perfect companion to such an evasive villain is an unsuspecting midget in my eyes… I mean who would
know? Nick Nack is truly instrumental in Scaramangas plans for nearly all of this movie, and without him I think this movie would loose a lot of its charm and personality.

1) Karl Stromberg and Jaws

Come on, could it really have been any other duo? Starting with Jaws, the name alone gives you a pretty good idea of what this blokes gimmick is… teeth. He is truly frightening and could easily make it into any horror movie. He has been in more than one bond movie but he is at his best in The spy who loved me, specifically throughout the pharos scene. I mean, biting through lock and chains to reach his quarrelling victim, he is Jawsunquestionably the best bond villain. The thing is he is only a henchman, the brains of the operation in The spy who love me came from Karl Stromberg, who has to have the coolest lair in all the bond movies. Sitting in a victorian decor room, dropping unsuspected victims into a shark pool in his underwater fortress, I think is the pinnacle of what a true bond villain is all about